Monti in Chianti is a village–administratively a ‘frazione’–within the southern sector of Gaiole in Chianti (6 miles to the north) in the Chianti Classico DOCG region of Tuscany in central Italy. Monti is Gaiole’s most populous area apart from the centre of Gaiole itself.
Population: 241 (2001).
Terroir: A mix, with alluvial stones (eg. around Brolio). Higher up in the hills one finds tufo, other rocks, and alberese. Maurizio Castelli (2014, Enogea) says that in southern Chianti Classico where there is a strong tufaceous component [Castelli cites Monti-in-Chianti in Gaiole-in-Chianti, and the wines of San Giusto a Rentennano and Badia a Coltibuono as examples], the wines take on ‘deeper, warmer colours, and a more robust body thanks to more frequent polyphenolic maturation.’
Alessandro Masnaghetti, I Cru di Enogea, Chianti Classico (Alessandro Masnaghetti Editore, first edition July 2014).
Bill Nesto MW & Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico, the Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, (University of California Press, 2016).
Maurizio Castelli, Enogea, ‘Maurizio Castelli, il sangiovese e il Chianti Classico. Intevista vintage,’ interview 21 January 2014 by Francesco Falcone for Enogea (enogea.it).
Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015).